IMUS — For the third straight game, the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment had shown remarkable improvement which resulted to another win.
On Tuesday night, in front of their jampacked crowd, the Bandera came through with their most lopsided win, a 90-61 bashing of the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol, to continue their remarkable showing in the MPBL Datu Cup.
The Bandera, who are now being handled by ex-PBA players Mike Orquillas and Noy Falcasantos, became a more defensive-minded team, implementing a relentless pressing defense that baffled the Sharks.
Their players — Jerwin Gaco and guards Dan Alberto and James Castro — acknowledged the significant changes in the system of the Bandera.
“Dahil mga bata yung mga kasama ko, bumagay sa kanila yung ginagawa naming pressing defense. Mabilis nakapag-adjust yung mga batang kasama ko,” Gaco, a many-time member of the multi-tiled Purefoods squad in the PBA told FOX Sports Philippines.
“Ako naman, dahil panay ang takbo namin ngayon, medyo nakukundisyon rin ako.”
Alberto, who played for the University of the East Warriors in the UAAP, believes the competition within the squad was one of the biggest factors in making the team better.
“Sa practice pa lang ibinibigay namin yung best namin sa practice. Kasi it starts in the practice, grabe yung competition,” added Alberto. “Lahat ng teammates ko ayaw magpatalo kaya nadadala namin dito sa laro.”
“We’re also trying to redeem ourselves because nung mga unang stages ng laro panay kami talo. Si Coach Noy, coach ko siya noon sa UE and siya yung nagdala ng pressure defense dito sa amin.”
Castro, plucked from Bataan in the off season, also noticed the difference from the previous games to the present.
“Yung depensa namin, talagang mayroon kaming adjustments. Unahin muna namin yung depensa bago yung opensa. Yung depensa doon kami nag-focus talaga sa practice,” added Castro.
It was the third straight win by Imus, which is also supported by Gerry’s Grill of Jerome Ngo, since replacing Jerry Codiñera as coach. The Bandera have now improved their win-loss record to 4-3.